Friday, February 24, 2012


Gazebo with plantings and care by Bob over the years at Floyd Bennett field

I don't know if the following quote by Margaret Mead, whom a local Sheepshead Bay school is named after, is verifiable or not but it is hopeful, as is the sight of local blogger Marie's post today at 66Square Feet about the proposed pipeline project involoving Gateway Recreation Area's Jacob Riis and Floyd Bennett Field:

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

I haven't had a lot of hope since first reading about this proposed project, but perhaps I shouldn't give up yet. Thanks Marie. At the very least, more people will hear about the project maybe for the first time through reading your blog. I was speaking yesterday with a frequent Jacob Riis beachgoer who hadn't heard about it yet at all.

Update: The Wave Rockaway's local paper is covering the story. Without an online subscription I haven't been able to read the stories, but it's comforting to know it's being covered.


Regina said...

Yes, some of us are paying attention! Thank you for posting and keeping us informed.

frank@nycg said...

That map that Marie had put up, how it runs the pipe right under the garden. I know that it must be off some how, but disconcerting.

I wonder if the park service has no say in this matter. Gas and Oil exploration and drilling subject to no local regs (or national really) so does that include pipelines? I want to see how they lay this pipe, exactly.

On the other side, a fracking victory in State supreme court. Judge ruled a town actually can "zone out" oil and gas drilling.

Sweetgum Thursday said...

You're welcome Regina.

Frank, I'm not sure where the pipeline crosses from running along the West side of Flatbush to the East side on it's path from Ave U under the belt out to sea with a pitstop at Floyd Bennett. At the Rockaway end it will mostly pass under the golf course that's beachside. The interstate portion of the pipeline is regulated under FERC. Public convenience and necessity must be demonstrated. However, without the legislation in Congress, no one can authorize either the pipeline right-of way or the metering station on any National Park land. It's important.

sarah said...

Hey: you are doing your bit, for sure. Do you know how many readers you have? Are there public meetings scheduled? Have any local groups taken up the cause with online petitions or similar? any info meetings going on in nearby neighborhoods?

Sweetgum Thursday said...

Hi Sarah, I'd look to the Jamaica Bay task force to take the lead on this. (meeting scheduled April 4th.) Link to Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers.